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Meet Anne Lero

Growing up in a household where service and volunteering were two of the most admirable contributions a person could make to society, it was only natural that both Anne Lero and her younger sister Margaret chose to join the military. Lero accepted an ROTC scholarship to the University of Vermont where she received a degree in mechanical engineering. Upon graduation in 2004, Lero was commissioned as an Army Officer and launched her military career with the 101st Airborne Division.

Between five years of active duty and three years in the reserves, Lero was deployed three times, serving in Iraq, Liberia, and Afghanistan. Lero received a number of recognitions for her service, including an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, two U.N. Service Medals, a N.A.T.O. Medal, and an Air Assault Badge.

While all three of the deployments in her career resulted in camaraderie and lifelong bonds, it was her time in Liberia that influenced her the most. Working with the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces to stabilize the country’s government, Lero says: “I was greatly affected by the poverty, devastation, crumbled infrastructure and ultimate need that existed in the country. I gained firsthand experience of the daily challenges some people in this world face just to survive... Liberia provided me with a new perspective on life and completely transformed my view of the world.“

Upon completion of her active duty in 2009, Lero returned to Liberia to work for the Ministry of Health. It was there that she knew she wanted to continue serving and helping others as a nurse, and upon returning to the U.S. she pursued a degree in nursing.

Lero, although only a recent Bostonian, deeply appreciates the city’s rich history. She holds that same appreciation to the Boston Marathon. “I dreamed to one day be part of this iconic and historic race,” Lero says.

On April 16, Lero’s steps through the streets of Brookline will be propelled by purpose deeper than her personal passion. “I would love to give positive exposure to the US military, especially to young kids who are preparing to make life decisions about their future. The military has been an important part of my life and will always be, and by participating in this event, my hope is that more Americans can appreciate what the Armed services have done on their behalf.”

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Anne Lero

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